Angela Carrington and Keith Newman pictured on the boat with Donald Auld, Ian Craigs, Kevin Stannard and Dr Greg Smith.’Photo: Chris Tait FTP.
(by Sunderland Echo, 06 July 2018)
New boat ready for Sunderland Tall Ships Races debut
A nautical charity that operates from Hartlepool to Berwick has a new boat to help train members and support the community. The Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) has 25 active units around the coasts and estuaries of the United Kingdom. We will be using the boat on all of the region’s rivers so she will be a common sight from the Tweed to the Tees Angela Carrington The organization’s aims are to help to keep the UK’s maritime tradition alive by training and delivering practical seamanship and engineering skills. The skills are put to good use at events such as Tall Ships. The Northumbria Unit of the MVS received its new rigid inflatable boat called Northumberland Freemason after a £15,000 donation from the Freemasons of Northumberland. A delegation of Freemasons came to watch the naming ceremony which included the Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland, Ian Craigs, christening the vessel with a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale. The boat’s first duty will be…